The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Green bonds

Water Criteria on Nature-based and Hybrid Water Infrastructure: Consultation and Webinars

On behalf of the Water Consortium, the Climate Bonds Initiative has released Water Criteria Phase 2: Nature-based and hybrid water infrastructure for public consultation.

The Water Criteria are a key component of the science-based Climate Bonds Standard and Certification Scheme - a screening tool for investors, development banks and governments, which allows them to easily prioritize climate and green bonds with confidence that the funds are being used to deliver climate change solutions. A 60-day public consultation period for the Phase 2 Criteria opens on 16 October.

Two webinars about the new Water Criteria have been announced: 25 October and 20 November. Details are below.
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2017 Climate Bonds Annual Conference and Green Bond Awards

Green bonds have become an investment phenomena, with USD 81 billion issued in 2016 — double what we saw in 2015. This week France is in the market with its inaugural — and huge — green sovereign bond, having already kicked started a race for sovereigns with its statement of intent mid-last year (Poland just beat them to issuance). Last year it was China that powered growth, going from a standing start to being the largest green bond market by year’s end. Green bonds have now been issued everywhere from Mexico to Latvia to the Philippines.

But it’s not enough. To make a real difference to the environmental challenges we face, we will need to see a trillion dollar a year market by 2020. Will we get there? What’s the role of government? What to expect for 2017?

On 6 March, Climate Bonds Initiative will be holding the 2017 Climate Bonds Annual Conference in London — and the 2017 Green Bond Pioneer Awards that evening. ICMA’s Green Bond Principles and the City of London’s Green Finance Committee will be CBI's partners in hosting this event.
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A Green Future for Muni Bonds: What to know about green water bonds

This webinar hosted by Ceres will give water service providers an overview of green bonds—a new class of municipal bonds—and their applicability for financing water utility projects. Municipal bonds have always played an important role in financing local water projects. As communities, infrastructure and the climate itself changes, the municipal bond financing landscape is changing as well. Green bonds are an emerging financing tool for water projects that meet the everyday needs of communities in a sustainable and resilient manner. Read More...

Green Bonds Update from China & India: The very latest reports from Climate Bonds in these growing markets

Climate Bonds representatives have just returned from attending the Green Finance Committee Annual Conference in Beijing and rounds of high level meetings in Mumbai and Delhi. In each centre, climate finance, green bonds and infrastructure investment were high on the agenda at conferences, roundtables and green finance meetings.

This webinar is your chance to hear first-hand from Climate Bonds on the latest market trends, policy developments and green bond directions in China & India. This will be followed by an extended Q&A session.

A special update will be given in preparation for the inaugural Green Infrastructure Investment Coalition (GIIC) India Forum scheduled for 30th June at the London Stock Exchange. Read More...